Published on The Thrifty Issue, 2 July 2013
I found myself with a new-to-me pair of boots last week. This divine pair of ankle boots, grey, side buckle, with a really high wooden heel, in my size, sat behind the glass cabinet of Salvos in St Kilda.
Of course a pair of boots displayed behind a glass cabinet, rather than on display on the ordinary shoe shelf, could only mean one thing; the boots were special!
Indeed I was right, the boots were Cohen et Sabine, a Sydney based ‘high end’ fashion label. I know nothing of this particular label, but have since found out that Cohen et Sabine boots retail for approximately $295 brand new; in Salvos, they were a tenth of this price.
As I pay for my new-to-me lovelies, the gent behind the counter asks:
“You know the fault or issue with the shoes?”
“Fault? Oh, erm, no?”
“Well the label states ‘As Is’ which means there is a minor issue”
“Oh I see, I didn’t know that” (I hadn’t taken note of the other Salvos label stuck to the sole of the shoe ‘As Is’)
“’As Is’ usually means something like a missing button, or small mark”
So I investigate the boots, and find what I assume to be the fault. One heel has wear on it, which may require fixing at some point soon. This does not worry me, as I know my tall boots will only be worn on special occasions.
So I ventured home with my new-to-me kicks, and a new lesson in op shopping; look carefully for minor faults on clothing and accessories in Salvos labelled ‘As-Is’.
If you are happy with the fault you find, there is no reason why you shouldn’t buy it; minor issues can usually be fixed.
PS. Please do check out our two amazing giveaways currently running:
1. current giveaway of two amazing ethically made, fair trade t-shirts up for grabs from Humanitees.
2. current giveaway for a double pass to The Clothing Exchange clothes swapping event in Melbourne next Monday night.